Most Beautiful Churches in Sicily
Because Italy was the birthplace of Catholicism and all of its many denotations as well as cultural and traditional figures, it comes as no surprise to us that Italy has many (and we mean many) of the world’s most beautiful churches. In this article, you will see some of our picks for the most beautiful and ornate Catholic churches in History.
1. The Duomo Of Milan
To kick things off of this exciting list, we will start with the infamous Duomo of Milan. It took an astounding six centuries to build and is the largest Gothic church in all of Italy. It has precisely 3,400 statues, 135 marble spires, and an incredible 135 gargoyles. The inside is just as, and even more so, impressive. The inside of the cathedral houses 52 marble pillars, as well as various statues and paintings.
2. Saint Mark’s Basilica
With its impressive and gorgeous Byzantine and Italian architectural style, it holds over 80,000 square feet, about its thirteenth, twelfth, and eleventh-century mosaics. The ceiling of this magical building, known as a basilica, is covered with ‘copulas,’ and the floor (which, don’t get me wrong, is just as amazing) is intricately lined with a mix of mosaic as well as stone and marble.
3. St. Francis’ Basilica
This monument, as well as cathedral and church, was dedicated to St. Francis during the early 13th century and is one of the most famous Catholic churches in Italy for tourists to visit. Not only is it one of the most popular places for Christians to go to mass, but it also serves as one of UNESCO’s most widely known World Heritage Sights.
4. The Orvieto Cathedral
This wonderfully designed church made over the course of two entire centuries by many different artists, some famous and some of them being less widely known. Either way, it still stands today, in incredible condition, as a monument to Catholicism, Gothic architecture, as well as a testament to the amazing abilities of the artists of the time.
5. The Duomo Of Siena
This Duomo, or mega-cathedral, is one of the most (if not the most) incredible, awe-inspiring, and outright outrageous churches that have ever been constructed. With its insane height as well as it’s horizontally striped marble pillars, it will stand out to you as the most beautiful church you have ever seen. It was completed in the year 1263. Inside the Cathedral, you will find the work of not only Donatello, but Michelangelo and Pisano, and even some touches of extravagant detail by the world-renowned Pinturicchio.
As you can see, there are quite a lot of beautiful churches in Italy. This only scratches the surface! We do have one tip for you, though, if you are planning on visiting some of these churches. Most, if not all, of these churches, cover the floor with carpeting to protect the precious marble surface. They then uncover them during the tourist season, which is usually between July and September. So, if you are planning on visiting, be sure to go only during these few months!